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March 28, 2008: #1661

In this issue:

• LSTA topic for State Library Commission hearing
• An invitation for NMLA  
• Mars Inside and Out! 
• Librarian Live, Podcast #32
• April 13 through 19 is National Library Week
• Summer programming opportunities
• Exhibit available
• NMLA workshops
• Librarian certification exam study session
• JOBS - Director, Library Development Services Bureau



The State Library Commission will hold a hearing for public comment on Friday, April 11, from 10:45 a.m. to noon at the New Mexico Library Association Annual Conference.  The topic of the hearing is:

“An Open Hearing Before the New Mexico State Library Commission to Discuss Priorities for Library Services Technology Act Projects in New Mexico.”

Agenda:    Public comment on possible categories for competitive grants to libraries or for statewide projects using LSTA money.  To satisfy LSTA priorities, the general purpose of the grants or projects must be in one or more of the following areas: 

• expand services for learning and access to information and educational resources in libraries,
• develop library services that provide all users access to information through local, state, regional, national, and international electronic networks,
• provide electronic and other linkages among and between all types of libraries,
• target library services to individuals of diverse geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, to individuals with disabilities, and individuals with limited functional literacy or information skills,
• target library and information services to persons having difficulty using a library and to underserved urban and rural communities, including children from families with incomes below the poverty line
• develop public and private partnerships with other agencies and community-based organizations.

Please plan on attending to offer your comments on this important topic.  See the NMLA conference program at for location. 

An invitation.  Come visit the New Mexico State Library booth at the NMLA Conference.  We’ll be at Booth #29 in the exhibit hall.  State Library staff will be on hand to give you a demonstration of KOHA, (see ), the first open-source Integrated Library System (ILS).  In use worldwide, its development is steered by a growing community of libraries collaborating to achieve their technology goals.  The State Library plans to use KOHA as part of a demonstration project in the New Mexico Resource Sharing Initiative (see HH #1655). This is part of a multi-phase plan to introduce a statewide resource sharing platform for the state's public libraries.  See you there! 



Send your news or stories that you would like to share with the library community to the HH editor, Robert Upton, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Mars Inside and Out!  The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) held the “Mars Inside and Out!” workshop at the State Library the last week of February; participants from public and tribal libraries across New Mexico enjoyed learning about Mars and had fun performing hands-on activities designed to help kids learn scientific principles about the planet. If you weren’t able to attend due to the limited attendance, the entire workshop – from PowerPoint presentations to activities to great photos of Mars, plus additional resources – are available free of charge at (And there’s plenty more at LPI’s website, so explore the whole solar system!) 

Another useful resource the LPI folks mentioned is the Solar System Ambassadors Program, through which knowledgeable volunteers make free public presentations about the solar system in their locales; go to for more info and to find an Ambassador near you. 



Librarian Live, Podcast #32.  This most recent podcast is a continuation of our engaging interview with the intelligent and animated Angie Manfredi, Head of Youth Services at Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos.  In the interview Angie talks about outreach to teens in libraries. The interview is filled with ideas, insights, and great stories. Take some time and check it out:

The podcast project interviews librarians on topical issues related to libraries and information services. They are approximately ten minutes long, recorded digitally, and then uploaded on the Web.  Partners in the project include North Texas Regional Library System, the New Mexico State Library, the Alamo Area Library System, and the Central Texas Library System.  For more information, contact Robert Forman, Continuing Education Coordinator at the State Library, email
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National Library Week.  April 13 through 19 is National Library Week.  Is your library planning an associated program or event?  The State Library would like to know how you may be celebrating.  Could you send us a brief description of what you are doing, and/or any materials that you are using to publicize and support your event?  It would be greatly appreciated.  Send them to Robert Upton, Hitchhiker editor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mail to New Mexico State Library, 1209 Camino Carlos Rey, Santa Fe, NM 87507. 



 Summer programming opportunities.  The Department of Cultural Affairs has two great opportunities for public and tribal libraries this summer. Both are free, and can be booked separately or, for a bigger program, at the same time.

• Treasure Trunks from the State of New Mexico’s Museums:  You can borrow educational trunks full of authentic artifacts and educational materials for presentations in your summer educational programs. Treasure Trunks include hands-on and interactive learning featuring authentic artifacts, cultural information, and extension project suggestions. Please visit our website at for descriptions of over 20 trunks available for free delivery to your location ANYWHERE in New Mexico. Consider booking now for Summer (June- August) 2008.  Contact Jamie Brytowski, Statewide Outreach Coordinator: Treasure Trunks, (505) 476-1171 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

• Van of Enchantment – Culture to Go:  A museum on wheels, the Van of Enchantment is a converted RV that tours New Mexico carrying artifacts and materials from the state museums and monuments. The Van of Enchantment brings its contents to life with dynamic activities. There is never an admission fee for the Van of Enchantment. Reservations should be made early and are on a first come, first served basis. The Van’s dimensions are roughly 35’L x 12’W x 11’H.  From July 2008 to November 2008, the exhibit on board will be “Converging Cultures: Trails and Transportation Links,” and will cover the roads surrounding Chaco Canyon, El Camino Real, and the Old Spanish Trail. The van offers an enriching educational experience and can be customized for your program. The van is staffed with traveling educators who can offer guided tours, encourage independent exploration and lead creative activities. The van is home to touchable items and authentic artifacts that bring a genuine, yet unique museum experience to all its visitors.  For more information please contact Amanda Lujan, Van of Enchantment Coordinator,
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (505) 476-1164. 


Exhibit available.  The New Mexico Humanities Council is pleased to announce that the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, is now accepting applications for "Picturing America: America's History Through Our Nation's Art," an exhibit of 40 high quality reproductions of American artworks spanning over two centuries of American history.  In addition to these 40 reproductions – which are large scale, laminated, and printed on both sides – educators also receive a beautifully produced, 125-page Teacher's Resource Guide.  The featured artists range from early American Indian artisans to painters like Thomas Hart Benton, photographers including Dorothea Lange, and architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright.  Each work of art in "Picturing America" opens the viewer's eyes to America's rich history and culture. 

Neither income nor geography is an obstacle to participating in the program and it can give students, parents, and teachers across our state a chance to be exposed to some of our country's masterpieces.  It will enhance an appreciation and understanding of our nation's cultural landscape.  NEH is accepting applications through April 15.  For more about this program go to: where you will find an online application, information and details about the application process, a teacher's guide, and other resources.  All one has to do is apply.  Again, "Picturing America" will be made available to schools and libraries at no cost!!  It's a great tool for everyone to learn history and culture through art. 

For more information, please contact Michelle Quisenberry at:
(505) 277-4151 or
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NMLA workshops “First Aid for Books, Paper and AV materials: 5 Strategies to Better Care for Collections” will be the topic for an NMLA Pre-Conference Workshop in Las Cruces on Wednesday, April 9, 1-4 p.m.  Speakers are Judith Murphy and Ann Massmann, from UNM.  The speakers continue the effort to break down the large topic of the preservation of library materials into manageable portions meaningful to small libraries and collections. It will include a hands-on component on paper and book repair, lots of examples, and good web sources of information. 

Associated sessions during the NMLA Annual Conference will be “Libraries & Archives Rising to the Digital Era Challenge:  Digital Preservation” on Thursday, April 10;  and on Friday, April 11, Mary Lynn Badarak will present “Preserving the Moment - A Project to Archive and Preserve Documents for the Town of Cochiti Lake.”  For more information and scheduling visit the NMLA website at

Amigos Imaging & Preservation Services will also be giving a two-day workshop on April 15 – 16 at St. John's College, Meem Library, in Santa Fe, entitled “Emergency Preparedness, Response & Recovery.”  Learn more at



Librarian certification exam study session.  There will be a study session for individuals who intend to take the New Mexico Librarian Certification Exam on Tuesday April 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The study session will be held in the Executive Conference Room (#2013) in the New Mexico State Library in Santa Fe.  If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please contact Robert Forman, Continuing Education Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , (505) 476-9755 – direct or 1 (800) 340-3890 – toll free. 



Send job announcements to the  HH editor, Robert Upton, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . There is no charge for this service to the library community. 

Director, Library Development Services Bureau The New Mexico State Library, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs with the State of New Mexico, is advertising for applicants for Director, Library Development Services Bureau (Job ID: 13992).  This is a full-time, regular PERM for State of New Mexico with an hourly range of $23.54 minimum - $32.70 midpoint. The pay band is 85.  Offered salary is determined based on education and experience qualifications.  The Library Development Services Bureau provides services that develop and enhance public library service for all New Mexicans. The bureau head oversees the work of staff as they provide consulting in best management and librarianship practices, administer the Library Certification exam, manage and promote the Summer Reading Program for New Mexico children, assure that tribal and public libraries meet requirements for the annual distribution of state aid funding, and provide technical support and training for computer and network technologies.  Educational requirements are a Master’s degree in Library Science (MLS), Master’s in Library and Information Science (MLIS), or Master’s in Information Science (MIS) from an American Library Association accredited school.  Please enter your education level on the Education and Work Experience page of the application even when submitting a resume. Experience requirements are eight years as a manager in a public library or state library.  Supplemental skills/abilities in library technology and telecommunications are preferred.  This is office work, with some in-state travel.  To apply for this job please see the New Mexico State Personnel website at
1. Click the [Apply Now] button.
2. Please apply by: Thursday, April 28, 2008
3. Cutting and pasting a resume in Word will assure that your resume will come through on the new system, or you may complete the Work Experience section.
4. There are a series of questions that are different for every job. In order to receive full consideration for all your qualifications, be sure to answer all questions (do not skip any).
5. If a veteran or disabled veteran, be sure to send your DD214 to:
   NM State Personnel Office
   Applicant /Intake Section
   2600 Cerrillos Road
   P.O. Box 26127
   Santa Fe, NM 87505
If you receive confirmation of your veteran or disabled status, please reapply for the position and indicate that you received confirmation. You will only need to submit your documents one time.
6. VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Remember there is no hard copy application. If you submit a resume directly to an agency and don’t apply on-line, your application will not include the questionnaire answers for inclusion on the ranked list.  If you do not receive an email confirmation that you have applied successfully, please call the contact for this posting or the SPO Recruitment Bureau at (505) 476-7777, before the closing date for the position. 

State agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

In addition to applying for the position at the New Mexico State Personnel Office, you will also need to submit your resume, transcripts, and cover letter, to:
New Mexico State Library
ATTN: Angela Soliz, Human Resources Officer
1209 Camino Carlos Rey
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507-5166
If you have any questions, please contact Angela Soliz, Human Resources Officer at
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (505) 476-9783 or you may also contact Susan Oberlander, State Librarian, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (505) 476-9762.